Allison Stevens

Allison Stevens is a journalism graduate student in the Medill School at Northwestern University. She’s focusing on health reporting and has a special interest in international women’s health. During her fifth and final quarter, Allison hopes to complete a residency with a news organization in Haiti or Africa.

Allison graduated from Miami University (OH) in 2009 with degrees in journalism and marketing. While at Miami, Allison was a four-year member of the varsity swim team and the managing editor for the campus magazine. She also interned at the Dayton Daily News.

Content by Allison Stevens

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Tandra Giles knows how to take your vitals. She understands how cancer survivors can have children after chemo. She even knows how to preserve sperm.

Is she a doctor? Nope. Try high school senior.

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You checked online, so you think you know how many calories are in that restaurant taco salad. Think again. A new study shows that meals eaten out might contain more calories than restaurants report.

Researchers at Tufts University analyzed the calorie content of food from quick-serve and sit-down restaurants as well as prepared, frozen supermarket meals. They tested 29 restaurant items and found that, on average, the calorie content of the food was 18 percent higher than the reported values and 8 percent higher in 10 frozen meals tested.

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“It was really by the grace of God,” Samantha Feteau of Evanston said Wednesday. “My mother has been calling non-stop and couldn’t get through yesterday, but today she was on the phone for 10 minutes and talked to at least three people. She got to hear their voices and knows they are OK. Then they got disconnected and couldn’t get back through.”